Cooperative Superintendency Program

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Pedro Reyes and Paul Cruz

Assistant Director

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Sylvia R. Reyna

The Cooperative Superintendency Program (CSP) offers a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. The CSP is at the forefront of preparing education leaders to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s public education system. Our dedicated faculty and intensive coursework maintain our position among the top-rated superintendency preparation programs in the nation.

Our graduates are prepared to be future superintendents and executive leaders who will serve as equity-oriented change agents and who will promote system-level change and instructional improvement to increase outcomes for all children, youth and communities. Our curriculum includes competencies in the following areas: 

  • Leadership focused on equity and excellence for all students;
  • Strategic leadership and collaborative governance and decision-making to connect with all families and communities;
  • Equitable systems of teaching and learning for all children; and
  • Inquiry-focused ethical leadership practices. 

Individuals who successfully complete the CSP earn a doctorate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and fulfill the required coursework to take the Texas superintendent certification exam. To review bios of current CSP Fellows, please see the following link. 

Program Features

  • Practitioner-focused curriculum 
  • Real world, real-time application 
  • Cohort-model, student collaboration shared learning 
  • Completion in 30 months
  • Face-to-face contact with renowned faculty focused on equity and excellence 
  • Flexible scheduling for current and aspiring public school executives 
  • Strong regional, state, national and international alumni network 

This program starts in the summer semester only. You must select the “Summer” semester in the Apply Texas application. If you apply to the wrong semester or incorrect program track in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department in the Apply Texas application, you could be subject to additional application fees. Students will need to take the Texas Examinations of Educators Standards (TExES) Superintendent exam in order to become certified in Texas. Our graduates’ passing rates typically exceed 97%. Learn more about certification requirements on the Texas Education Agency's website


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Norma Cantú, J.D.

Ken McIntyre Professor for Excellence in School Leadership

With a background as assistant secretary of education for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration, she teaches topics in civil rights and the intersection of law and policy in education.

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Joshua Childs

Assistant Professor

Examines collaborative approaches involving community organizations and stakeholders that improve academic achievement and reduce opportunity gaps for students.

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Kelly Crook

Associate Professor of Practice

Experienced superintendent who focuses on how social, cultural, and political contexts in education impact school district administrators and their ability to serve all students.

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Paul Cruz

Professor of Practice

Experienced urban school superintendent and executive leader who focuses on social justice and high academic success for all students, school leadership, and equity in educational opportunities.

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David E. DeMatthews

Associate Professor

Focuses on urban school and district leadership, inclusive practices for students with disabilities, and school improvement with an emphasis on addressing inequities in classrooms, schools, and communities.

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Terrance Green

Associate Professor

Examines principals and school-community engagement/community development, and issues of educational equity and opportunity.

Sheila Guzman

Assistant Professor of Practice

Interests include curriculum and instruction, educational administration, bilingual/bicultural education, principalship preparation, and public school executive leadership.

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Jennifer Jellison Holme

Professor, Graduate Advisor

Focuses on the politics and implementation of educational policy with an emphasis on school reform, equity and diversity in schools.

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Huriya Jabbar

Associate Professor, EPP Doctoral Program Coordinator

Examines the social and political dimensions of market-based reforms and privatization in education, including school choice and decision-making in K-12 and higher education contexts.

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Pedro Reyes

Ashbel Smith Professor of Education Policy

Focuses on school conditions that foster high academic success for children of poverty, stratification of learning opportunities for children of color, and on state policy that facilitates student success across the education pipeline.

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Sylvia R. Reyna

Assistant Professor of Practice

Prepares school district executives to lead socially just and equitable learning centers focused on academic excellence for all students. 

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Jeanne Spencer


Focuses on school and district leadership and management impacting achievement, social-emotional development, and inclusiveness of students with special needs while examining professional development and decision-making practices for fostering excellence and equity.

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Sarah Woulfin

Associate Professor

Uses lenses from organizational sociology to study how district administrators, school leaders, and teachers implement educational reform.